Kathryn O’Kane is a director and producer with over 15 years of diverse experience in television, advertising, and web media. She has produced shows for ABC primetime, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Netflix, The Sundance Channel, and USA Network and provided content for such distinguished clients as NASA, IBM, Gucci, The Rockwell Group, Ford Motor Company, Nike, Gillette, Budlight, and Grey Goose Vodka.
Kathryn’s strength is telling character-driven stories working with both verité and interview-driven approaches. She has crafted narratives as diverse as “Mission Juno” documenting NASA’s probe to Jupiter, the award-winning “Oprah presents Master Class” the flagship series for OWN, and “Talking Dead” the hit show for AMC. Recent commercial projects include assignments for United Airlines, SAP, and the Carolinas Healthcare System. She is the show runner of “Salt, Fat, Acid Heat,” the Netflix series based on the best-selling, James Beard Award-winning book by Samin Nosrat.
Having started her career supporting democratic initiatives in Latin America, Kathryn first learned the power of messaging while organizing election observations in the Dominican Republic with President Jimmy Carter. She now seeks to bridge cultural differences through art and storytelling.
Kathryn is honored to serve on the board of directors of New York Women in Film and Television to support the careers of women in the entertainment industry. Her commercial reel is part of #FreetheBid, which advocates on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry. She is also a member of the Emmy Television Academy.